How care homes in Argyll and Bute are working to reduce falls

By Laura Dobie, Knowledge and Information Skills Specialist, Healthcare Improvement Scotland

On 5th December I went along to the Argyll and Bute Care Homes Quality Improvement for Falls Prevention event. It was a really interesting day, and it was great to hear about the work that care home staff are doing to reduce falls and improve quality of life for their residents.

PDSAs and data

Dr Christine McArthur, Project Lead, introduced the day and Sheila Morris, Occupational Therapy Care Home Lead, gave an overview of Plan Do Study Act cycles and the role of data in improvement. She emphasised the importance of carrying out small tests of change and having a clear plan.

The project participants then had the opportunity to discuss a case study of a 72-year-old lady who had had a number of falls, considering risk factors such as polypharmacy and multiple complex conditions, and reviewing the data in the falls diary to identify whether there was a pattern to her falls.

The care home staff observed that people are increasingly coming in to care homes with more mobility problems and multiple conditions and co-morbidities. Sheila commented that everyone in the care home sector is at risk of falling and should have a multifactorial falls assessmentContinue reading “How care homes in Argyll and Bute are working to reduce falls”

Working with care homes to reduce falls: Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership

Dunoon

By Laura Dobie, Knowledge and Information Skills Specialist, Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care partnership has been holding a series of quality improvement workshops for care home staff, in collaboration with Scottish Care. I went along to one of their workshops with care home staff in Dunoon on 10th May to find out more about the work that the partnership is doing with care homes.

Background

All 20 care homes in Argyll and Bute are signed up to a quality improvement project to reduce falls. Funded by the Integrated Care Fund, and supported by health professionals in each locality, the project aims to support care home staff to address falls risks in their care home. A particular emphasis is on improving physical activity for health and wellbeing.

The quality improvement workshops

Dr Christine McArthur, NHS Highland Coordinator Prevention and Management of Falls, Jane Howe, Quality Improvement Manager, and Kirsty Brown, Assistant Practitioner (Physiotherapy), facilitated the workshops. The team worked collaboratively with Scottish Care to develop events which met the needs of care home staff. The care homes requested a series of smaller local workshops, rather than one big event, as some staff do not drive and it was easier them to attend local events.

The team held workshops in Bute, Oban, Campbeltown, Dunoon and Helensburgh. Having dedicated events for care home staff and small group sizes ensured that all participants were able to contribute to discussions and ask the team for advice. Continue reading “Working with care homes to reduce falls: Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership”

Moving From QI As An Activity To QI As Culture

Transformathon logoWhat is this event? 

Bringing the world together to help improve the NHS.

The NHS Transformathon is a free, online event bringing together global health and care staff and service users to connect, share and learn from each other.

The NHS Transformathon will showcase the latest innovations, practices and methodologies to inspire you with ways to make change happen. As a global event, you’ll be able to connect with world-leading change experts and people of different disciplines from many countries, each sharing experiences of successes and lessons learned.

What are we doing? 

Our presentation, Moving from QI as an activity to a QI culture, is the only opportunity you’ll have to hear from Scotland. We will focus on our quality improvement journey using an example from our older people’s improvement programme and share our experiences of the route to integrated health and social care.

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Ruth Glassborow, Director of Safety and Improvement, June Wylie, Head of Implementation and Improvement and Karen Goudie and Geraldine Marsh, Improvement Advisors with the Older People’s Care team at Healthcare Improvement Scotland will present.

Continue reading “Moving From QI As An Activity To QI As Culture”